Boy with blood cancer drives a tank

MINNESOTA (WIVB) — We know a boy in Minnesota who has already fulfilled his dream to drive. He’s only 12, but already, he’s had the chance to pull the gears of a tank.

It’s been a long journey for Nathan Mendoza. Doctors diagnosed him with T-cell lymphoma, a common type of blood cancer, in 2015.

Now it is in remission, and he had the chance to make a dream come true.

Enjoying all things military, Nathan’s journey with his parents was the collaboration of Make-a-Wish in Minnesota and north Texas.

The idea came from a YouTube video he found five years ago. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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